It’s almost two years since I’m living – let me rephrase, trying to live the sugar-free life. After the first month it really is a piece of (sugar-free) cake. Which will taste even better with a layer of sugar-free home-made plum jam. This recipe is so easy and delicious, thanks to chia seeds playing the role of pectin. They can soak up about ten times their size in liquid and with their gelatinous skills thicken the fruit. We all know – unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – about the rest their qualities such as antioxidants, rich in fiber and omega-3’s.
Fruit & veggie garden
Since we have a vegetable and fruit garden at our quinta in Portugal, it’s a daily bliss what will be ready for consumption. At the risk of over-romanticising, organic fruit and veggies taste so much better when homegrown and harvested manually. I love to make my green juices with what’s available from the garden in the morning.
The only downside is that some fruits (or veggies, I have around 100 onions ready to eat but that’s another story) are ready for picking at the same time. These plums were all sweet and juicy in the same week and after handing out bags of plums to our neighbours, there was still more than we could eat. It was either death by plums or time for some home-made sugar-free jam!
Sugar-free plum jam with chia seeds
What you need? Only 4 ingredients and 30 minutes:
• about a kilo of plums (preferable without skin for they can have a bitter bite)
• one lime
• about 3 till 4 table spoons of chia seeds
• honey, agave or maple syrup (optional)
Scroll down for a step-by-step. You can replace the plums for any fruit and play with the amount of chia seeds and natural sweetener. Since this is an all natural product, it will stay fresh the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Spread on toast or goat yoghurt. A new jam making addiction is definitely born. Living the sugar-free life the easy way.